The Garden Room Retreat

Artist's Garden Designs, Design Tips, Garden Design Vignettes, Vignettes

The Garden Room Retreat Design by Kelly Schroeder.

There has been a lot of talk about garden rooms over the past number of years.  Simply put, it is a space that defines special areas of the landscape for specific uses.   One of the most important elements in a garden room is creating a sense of enclosure.  The plants selected to enclose the area can stimulate any number of moods and uses from a sense of calm, suitable for a quiet cup of tea, to a sense of exuberance that would be suitable surrounding a children’s play area.

In this vignette, the vibrant colours provide a sense of cheeriness and informality. This would be a great space for casually entertaining a small group of friends or simply enjoying it alone and getting a little boost to your day.

These plants will perform best in a sunny location and will provide colour to enjoy from mid spring until early autumn.


  1. Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ –Zone 3
  2. Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ –  Zone 3
  3. Campanula poscharskyana Blue Waterfall – Zone 3
  4. Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ – Zone 4
  5. Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’ – Zone 2
  6. Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowcap’ – Zone 4
  7. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ – Zone 4


  1. Monarda Blue Stocking – Zone 3
  2. Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ – Zone 4
  3. Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ – Zone 4
  4. Armeria maritima ‘Vesuvius’ – Zone 2
  5. Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Double Classic’ – Zone 2
  6. Campanula carpatica ‘White Uniform’ – Zone 2
  7. Clematis ‘Bijou’ – Zone 4